Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

I have some Grainline Studio love to share with you today!  Jen was probably the first indie pattern designer I ever became aware of and I started following her blog immediately.  I have since sewn five of her patterns: the maritime shorts, archer shirt, lakeside pajamas, scout tee, and the cascade duffle coat.  And now I’m happy to add a sixth of her patterns to my closet, the alder shirtdress!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

love a good shirtdress, and this pattern is so, so good.  As always, Jen’s patterns are drafted so well!  The fit is always great and rarely requires any alterations!  My measurements placed me in a size four, which is what I sewed with no alterations!I

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Jen has a really great sew along on her blog to walk you through, step by step of the sewing process!  I find that a bigger project like this is great to do one small step at a time.  It doesn’t feel overwhelming or difficult if I give myself little goals to accomplish each day!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Allie over at Indiesew provided the pattern and fabric for me as part of the Indiesew blogger team.  I immediately knew I wanted to sew my first alder in a chambray fabric.  I love the classic, simple look of a chambray shirtdress!  This is the ocean sunwashed chambray from the Indiesew shop.  It’s a great fabric, and I’m thrilled to have just a bit leftover, enough I think to sew up a little cami!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Since my fabric had no details to it, all one color, I wanted to make sure my topstitching was perfect.  I did my absolute best to slow down as I topstitched and not rush the process.  My edgestitch foot on my Bernina is such a great help in making sure that my topstitching is accurate!  I also was very choosy about my buttons.  I knew I wanted metal buttons and I searched at my local JoAnn’s and then decided to look a bit online.  I found these silver metal buttons, and fell in love with the back side of them.  They were simple, but intersting to me with the long holes in the front.  I asked around on instagram how to tackle those long holes and @mama_kylie suggested sewing the holes, top to bottom with thread!  I love the simpleness of it and love the final look!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Phew…lots of information!  Here’s a quick recap!

Pattern:  Alder Shirtdress , view B

Size: 4, no alterations

Fabric: ocean sunwashed chambray

Buttons: silver metal buttons

Modifications next time: lengthen bodice 1/2 inch, lengthen skirt 1/2 inch

The fabric and pattern were provided to me by Indiesew.  As always, all opinions are 100% mine and honest!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts

Hey there!  So I showed off a new pattern last week, and here’s the second pattern Kelli (at True Bias just released), the Mini Emerson pattern.  This again is the tester version.

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed up  a size ten for Sweet Pea, lengthening it 1.5 inches.  Kelli’s pattern runs very true to size.  My 12 year old is just thin and tall.

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Her waist measurements put her in a size 10, but her hip measurement is a bit bigger.  To accommodate the larger hip size, I did a full seat adjustment on these shorts, and they fit her perfectly!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

These shorts are reached for again and again, and I’m sure the fabric has something to do with it!  I used leftover rayon challis from this dress I made myself.  Now that I see these in rayon, I definitely want to make myself a pair of rayon emerson shorts!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Details:

Pattern: Mini Emerson Shorts

Size: 10

Fabric: Rayon Challis (from JoAnn)

Modifications: lengthen 1.5 inches, full seat adjustment to accommodate a larger hip size than the pattern is drafted for

*As a pattern tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing the pattern and providing feedback.  Hardly any changes were made to this pattern while testing.  Kelli just changed the pocket bag slightly to give it a perfect fit!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Mini Ogden Cami

Hey there!  Happy September!  I have two new great patterns to share with you this week.  Today, I’ll share the mini ogden cami pattern, one of Kelli’s (from True Bias) newest patterns.  I helped her test this pattern, so what you are seeing here is the tester version.

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

My girl is a bit particular about her clothes.  Her daily wear is dependent on comfort, and as a homeschooling family, this often results in athletic shorts and t shirts.  These new patterns are just as comfortable to her and she reaches for them often!  I love that these two new patterns from Kelli are of the same comfort level, but definitely look so much nicer!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

The mini ogden is very similar to the adult version.  It has a sweet v neck front, with a front facing.  The back is a bit different though.  It has a straight seam at the top (instead of the v in the adult version) with elastic casing.  I love the simplicity of this top!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

This mini ogden was sewn in rayon challis from fabric.com (I don’t see it in stock any longer).  I bought this fabric with my girl in mind, knowing that she loves bold, bright colors!  I didn’t do the best of jobs lining up the stripes on the side seams.  One side matches perfectly, and the one you are seeing here is just slightly off.  I’m sure no one will ever notice in every day life, but it’s a little detail that bugs me!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glimpse

Pattern: Mini Ogden Cami

Fabric: Rayon Challis from Fabric.com

Size: 10, lengthened 1.5 inches (my girl fits in the size 10 measurements, except she’s a bit taller)

*As a pattern tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing the pattern and providing feedback.  A few minor changes were made to the final pattern, the front neckline was raised .25 inches, the straps were shortened slightly and the elastic was tightened.  All minor changes to help perfect the pattern!

 

Sewing for Men Vintage McCalls 2887

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

It’s not often that I sew something for my man.  I buy patterns, make plans, and for some reason rarely follow through!  Well, I bought this McCalls 2887 from the thrift store several months ago and thought it was finally time to sew it up!  I had bought this Anna Maria Horner loominous fabric (from imagine gnats but it’s no longer in stock there) with a button down shirt in mind for Josh and was so happy to cut into it!

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

I’m guessing this pattern is from the 80s based on the cover photo.  It comes with only one size in the envelope.  The thrift store had two sizes, 42 and 40, so I bought them both.  I used the size 42 for Josh and need to make a few changes to get the fit a little better next time.

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

I decided to go ahead and sew two of these shirts at the same time.  I sewed this one you see here, and a solid blue lawn shirt you can see on the imagine gnats blog today.  Sewing two button downs at the same time, I’ve learned, doesn’t add too much work and you end up with twice as many shirts in the end!

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, so pattern details.  I go into some info about the back yoke over on the imagine gnats blog and the funny pattern piece that came in the envelope.  I also talked over there a bit about the sleeves.  I need to modify the sleeves next time (and they bug me enough that I’m going to seam rip and re set them) but I think they are just big!  They are wide (girth wise) and the sleeve cap didn’t fit into the armscye well.

I also think I need to widen the back at the shoulders.  I did need to change the seam allowance when sewing to avoid pulling at the chest.  The pattern calls for a 5/8 inch seam allowance.  I went down to a 3/8 inch seam allowance at the chest, and transitioned back out to 5/8 at the waist.

Overall, though, it’s a great basic pattern.  I can’t wait to try and make these few modifications next time to help get a perfect fit!  And don’t tell Josh, but I actually really enjoyed sewing for him!  I see many more projects for my man in the future!

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance:

Pattern:  Vintage McCalls 2887

Size:  42

Fabric:  Anna Maria Horner Loominous

Modifications:  added a real back yoke instead of the faux yoke, added a back pleat

Next time:  widen shoulders and chest, modify sleeve pattern to make narrower and have better fit in armscye

Also check out the other button down I made over at imagine gnats today!

 

Maritime Jean Shorts

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there! I’ve been on a bit of a shorts sewing spree this summer. First, I finished up a pair of maritime shorts. Then I sewed the Tania culottes (blogged about on the imagine gnats blog) and shorts number three were the emerson shorts (I need to photograph and blog them, they’re great!).  And last I sewed a pair of denim maritime shorts.  Maritime Jean shorts…and I am in love! These are the comfiest of shorts!

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

The denim is leftover cone mills denim from my birkin flares.  That means these shorts have 2% stretch, which I think is the key to the most comfortable shorts ever!

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I won’t go into too much detail, since I’ve blogged about the maritime shorts pattern before.  But I did make a couple of changes.  First I lengthened the shorts two inches in order to be able to roll up the hem and not loose the length.  To lengthen them, I added two inches right at the cut line, but in a mirror image fashion.  That way when I rolled them up they  would be the same width as the shorts.

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I also added the back pockets this time around.  I used Jen’s pocket pattern, but I did have to change the pocket placement.  I raised them up a bit higher so they were sitting at a more flattering spot on my bottom.

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I also added belt loops.  These are just the belt loops from the ginger jeans pattern, and I used the general placement of those loops to find where to put them on my shorts.  I also added a jeans button that is a really great quality (this one is from the closet case files shop) and rivets (leftover from my caravan tote).

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick recap of the pattern and sewing details:

Pattern:  grainline studios maritime shorts

Size:  6

Fabric:  cone mills denim

Changes made: lengthened two inches, lots of top stitching and denim details

Maritime Shorts

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I am so excited to share theses shorts with you today!  These are the maritime shorts by grainline studio, and they are shorts that are a long time in the making for me.  I purchased this pattern over a year ago, immediately cut out the pattern, and then for some reason folded the pattern pieces up and set them aside.  Gah, I am so glad I finally sewed these, though!

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Let me start by telling you about the fabric.  I wish I had taken a before photo, but the fabric for these shorts are from a pair of thrifted capris.  I knew that I loved the fabric of the pants I had found and crossed my fingers that there would be enough fabric to cut out the maritime shorts.  The fabric is a great bottomweight with a little bit of stretch.  I barely could squeeze the maritime shorts out of the thrifted capris.  I didn’t have enough to cut out the back pockets, which I actually like the clean look with no pockets in the back.

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed these up three weeks ago and literally have worn these every week at lest three times each week.  These are crazy comfortable and I think super flattering.

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed a size 6, and didn’t make any changes.  Next time, though, I’d do a full seat adjustment to give my toosh a little extra room.

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Inside the shorts I sewed on a woven tag, and I love this tag!  It’s from Dutch Label Shop…a site where I designed and ordered my own labels.  The site is so easy to work with and the quality of the label is great!

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Quick Recap

Pattern:  Grainline Studios Maritime Shorts

Fabric:  Thrifted Capris that I cut up to use as fabric.  They were a bottomweight with slight stretch

Size:  6

Adjustments Next Time:  Next time, I’d like to do a full seat adjustment.  My waistband in the back dips a bit.

Labels:  Dutch Label Shop

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Swing Dress Tutorial

Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift  Summer is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love the slow paced, unplanned days filled with spending quality time with the family.  I also loathe summer a little bit…it’s HOT!  With the heat index yesterday, it felt like 102* outside….yikes!  And it’s only June, which means July and August are just going to get hotter!!!

I love to wear a summer dress to try and beat the heat.  A couple weeks ago I sewed up this swing dress in this lightweight, flowy rayon lycra blend knit from the imagine gnats shop.  It is so comfortable and airy…I know it will be in heavy rotation from my closet this summer!

Want to learn how to sew your own?  It’s really pretty simple.

We’re going to start by making the pattern:

  1. Grab your favorite t shirt and trace around it.  Fold the t shirt in half, tucking the sleeves underneath so you can just trace around the front of the shirt.  Do the same for the back.  Now maneuver the sleeves so you can trace around them.  I like to use two pencils held parallel to each other side by side when tracing to give myself a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
  2. Now extend the side seam and center fold lines for the pattern you just traced to make it the length you would like your dress to be.
  3. We are going to slash and spread the pattern to give this dress some swing.  Draw three lines from the bottom of your front dress piece, stopping at where your natural waist would be.  Cut the three lines, and spread the pattern apart.  The center fold line should remain straight and the spreading should extend the pattern out toward the side seam line.  Do the same for the back pattern piece.  Trace around this slashed and spread pattern and you now have your swing dress pattern.  The sleeves will remain the same.

Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Now it’s time to sew.

  1. Cut out your pattern.  I used 1.5 yards of fabric and barely had enough to squeeze the swing dress out of it. I would recommend having 2 yards just to be safe!
  2. Grab your front and back dress pieces.  Right sides together, sew the shoulders together.
  3. Right sides together, sew the sleeves.  You’ll have to ease the sleeves into the dress slightly stretching them to fit.
  4. Sew the side seams, right sides together.
  5. Add a neck band, there’s a great tutorial here on what size you should cut your neck band and how to sew it into your dress.
  6. Hem bottom of dress and finish sleeves.

Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Your swing dress is done and ready to be worn!  I hope you are enjoying summer…and staying cool!  If you need a little more summer dress inspiration, Melissa from Melly Sews has a great series of bloggers featuring 30 different sundresses.  They have been great!

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Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Indiesew + Seamly Sewing Patterns

Seamly Co Wrapped Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  It’s Friday….woo hoo!  And it’s the beginning of summer over here…school’s out, which means a lot to this homeschooling mom.  We are always learning in our house, but I get to take off my teacher hat for a little while.  No more grading math tests or teaching grammar.  Just a little slow paced learning will go on over here for the summer!

But really you don’t want to hear about our homeshcooling break, you want to hear about the pretty clothes!  I have a fun little collaboration to share with you today.  Allie over at Indiesew has recently collaborated with Seamly, an ethical, USA based clothing company.  Allie has turned three of Seamly’s clothing items into sewing patterns so that we, home sewists, could sew these clothes up!

Seamly Co Wrapped Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

There are three patterns Indiesew and Seamly are releasing, the Vallynne Tank, Basic Tee, and Wrapped Cardigan.  You can buy these patterns individually, or buy all three bundled together. I sewed all three up and absolutely love them all!  The patterns are all made well with seams matching up perfectly.  There are illustrated instructions for all which are very clear!

Seamly Co Wrapped Cardigan :: Dandelion Drift

The Wrapped Cardigan was sewn in a size small in a rayon spandex knit from the Indiesew shop.  It’s out of stock, but there are other colors with the same fabric content.

Vallynny Tank :: Dandelion Drift

The Vallynne Tank was sewn in a size small in a rayon lycra knit from the Imagine Gnats shop.  This is my second Vallynne Tank I’ve sewn (you can see the first here in my instagram feed) and I love this pattern.

Vallynny Tank :: Dandelion Drift

The third pattern that Indiesew and Seamly relased is the Basic Tee.  I’ve been loving sewing up t shirts lately.  I sewed this one, again, in a size small with another rayon spandex knit from Indiesew.

Seamly Co Basic Tee :: Dandelion Drift

I read somewhere to only sew stripes when you have the time to sew slowly.  I have found that if you pin your stripes parallel to the seam (not perpindicular, like you normally pin), it saves you time and actually does a great job matching up the stripes!

Seamly Co Basic Tee :: Dandelion Drift

Seamly Co Basic Tee :: Dandelion Drift

Let me give you a quick recap of all the sewing details.  I use these quick recaps as a sort of journal for myself so that when I sew the patterns again, I know what alterations I’ve made or want to make in the future!  This is an easy recap because I didn’t make any alterations to the patterns, and there’s not much I would change next time I sew them!

Patterns:  Wrapped Cardigan / Vallynne Tank / Basic Tee

Sizes: Small

Fabric:  rayon lycra knits (Cardigan / Tank / Tee)

Alterations:  I didn’t make any alterations.  Next time, I might shorten the cardigan an inch.  The tee is long as well, but I prefer the extra length

Allie has organized a handful of ladies to sew these patterns to give you a peak at how they look!  Pop on over to the other blogs to gather a little Indiesew and Seamly sewing inspiration!

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June 8: Inside the Hem
June 9: The Doing Things Blog
June 10: Dandelion Drift
June 13: The Sara Project
June 14: Fa Sew La
June 15: Sew Mariefleur
June 16: Right Sides Together
June 17: Allie J.
June 18: Cut Cut Sew

Megan Nielsen Briar T Shirt

Hey there and happy June!  With May just finishing up I’ve had a good month long look into what I wear most often.  (Did anyone else participate in Me Made May?)  I may have not been great at taking selfies and documenting what I wore each day, but I did wear at least one item that was me made each day for the month of May.  You can peek at those in my instagram feed.

Megan Nielsen Briar :: Dandelion Drift

All of this led me to realize that I wear a lot of basics.  I wear a lot of jeans and t shirts.  I rarely wear heels, tennis shoes and sandals are what I grab almost every day.  And I don’t mind not dressing fancy.  But I do need a few more t shirts added into my closet!

Megan Nielsen Briar :: Dandelion Drift

I recently tried the briar t shirt pattern by Megan Nielsen.  I like the idea of having a variety of t shirts in my wardrobe.  I’ve sewn the union st. tee by Hey June and the Grainline Studio lark tee.  And I like each t shirt for different reasons.

Megan Nielsen Briar :: Dandelion Drift

The briar t shirt has a unique binding method that I love.  It leaves the inside and outside seams of the neck band clean and finished.  For this shirt I used a men’s old navy t shirt that I had purchased years ago.  I originally sewed the shirt in the hi lo hem like Megan had instructed, but decided it wasn’t my favorite.  I went back and chopped off the extra length in the back and hemmed the shirt in a straight line.  This is view three, the short sleeve t shirt in the longest length.

Megan Nielsen Briar :: Dandelion Drift

Have you had any wardrobe realizations recently?

Quick Recap

Pattern:  Megan Nielsen Briar

Size:  xs

Fabric:  men’s old navy t shirt

Alterations: sewed version 3, omitted the hi lo hem and hemmed a straight line at the shortest point on the hi lo

This pattern was provided to me by Indiesew in return for sample sewing.  All opinions are always honest and my own!

Vintage Sheet Pajamas

Happy Wednesday sewing friends!  I have the cutest pajamas to show off today! I am awfully lucky to have several really good thrift stores near my house.  They sell some of the best vintage sewing patterns, sewing notions, sheets, and even boots!  You never know the goodies you’ll find, which is most of the fun of thrift store shopping.  It’s like a treasure hunt!

Catnap Pyjamas :: Dandelion Drift

Well I snagged this sheet almost two years ago and finally found the perfect pattern to pair with it!  Toni of Make it Perfect just released a new pajama pattern for kids.  I don’t know if this just happens in my house, but pajamas are always needed here.  Both kids are growing so quickly and always telling me their jams don’t fit!

Catnap Pyjamas :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed Sweet Pea the Catnap Pyjamas (I love how pajamas is spelled differently in different countries!) in a size 10.  I love it when sewing pattern designers make patterns in larger kid sizes.  My almost 12 year old is getting so tall that she definitely needs the larger sizes.

Catnap Pyjamas :: Dandelion Drift

I lengthened the top of the size 10 pajamas by one inch, and left the shorts as instructed.  The instructions Toni put together for the pajamas are great, and the pattern came together easily!  I’m just a little bit jealous I didn’t save this sheet to make myself some jams.

Catnap Pyjamas :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Detials:

Fabric: vintage sheet

Pattern:  Catnap Pyjamas

Size:  10

Alterations:  lengthened top 1 inch